Every once in a while, in a dancers life, comes a moment where the nerves “talk” out loud and, sometimes, don’t let us think, dance or perform properly.
When you make a life out of it or you’re used to moments like this, you may have a few tricks of your own to fight the nerves and the stress. But, sometimes, or if you’re not that used to moments of tension, you might need help and some tips.
Don’t let stage fright get the better of you. Here are some usefull tips (either you are a student, a professional dancer or just dance for hobby):
1. Don’t be afraid of the butterflies in your stomach: Nerves can give you an extra shot of adrenaline which will keep you focused on stage and will help your energy levels. Think about using that extra boost to your advantage.
2. Give yourself plenty of time to properly warm up, fix your hair and makeup, rosin your shoes and dress—rushing will only increase your anxiety.
3. Look for ways to relax backstage: Listen to your favorite songs on your iPod, find a quiet space to meditate, read a book… Maybe sit on the sit on the audience while there’s nobody there or go to the empty stage and enjoy the silence.
4. Remember that your technique isn’t going to magically disappear while you’re onstage. Trust in the strength you’ve gained during the many hours (or classes) you’ve spent training in the studio.
5. Remind yourself that the choreography is something you’ve done millions of times. Let yourself go a bit so you can enjoy the moment up there.The best performers are the ones who can truly enjoy the moment and transmit something more than just technique to their audience.
6. Try to clear your mind by not thinking about the performance or examination. Instead, think about stuff you like to do, travelling, cute animals… Anything that keep your mind away from your fear.